How to Make Beaded Curtain Tassels and Earn Money – There are many things a smart individual can do with beads: bracelet, earrings, necklaces, and cellular phone holders. And with the growing interest of people in accessorizing not only their own selves but their homes as well, one a smart entrepreneur can make good money making beaded curtain tassels.
The usual cost for making a piece of curtain tassel is P100 or less. Home accents and home décor command good prices in the market these days, with a beaded curtain tassel selling for as much P350 to P800 a piece.
People, especially those who have new homes, are the prospective customers for beaded curtain tassels. Since they will go into home decorating, they will spend good money on home décor.
With only the creativity and patience as main capital, enterprising people can get started on his/her beaded home accent project.
Materials and Tool Needed for the Project:
Tassel cord (around P30 to P40 depending on the brand)
Assorted beads (different material, colors, shapes and sizes)
Nylon strings (size 10 or 11)
Metal wires and metal cones
Scissors and pliers
Note: All of these materials and tools can be bought at Wellmanson’s Store in Quiapo or in Divisoria, Manila.
Choose a design.
Decide on the beads that you will use. For this project, we will make a curtain tassel with beaded butterfly.
Prepare the tassel cord by laying it down on a table or flat surface. Cut it into 8-inch long cords. Fold it in the middle.
Cut a 35-inch nylon string and use it to tie the cut cords in place. Make sure that the nylon cords middle part is the one tied to the tassel’s midsection and that it is knotted tightly. Insert both ends of the string into a metal cone, and then set the material aside.
Make the beaded butterfly by cutting two pieces of metal wires each 15 inches long. Then make the lower wings by folding one end of the string and, before folding the wings to form, insert your preferred beads on the wing surfaces in equal numbers. Make upper wings following the same process.
Connect the upper and lower wings using a piece of metal wire, and then attach them to a cylindrical head to form the butterfly’s body. Inset the wire onto the bead’s hole, then loop to tighten. Make sure the body and wings are aligned properly.
Attach the butterfly’s head and antenna by inserting a wire onto a round bead, then twist the wire until it is secure. Allow 2.5 inches for the antenna, then curl its end with a pair of pliers.
When the butterfly is done, insert the nylon strings into the butterfly’s body. Start beading the string. Decide on your desired pattern. A pattern can be established by varying the colors, sizes and shapes of the beads. You can make short sequences of symmetrical pattern with larger beads at the center, you can alternate the beads, or you can incorporate semi-precious stones into your design.
Do the beading alternately from one end of the string to the other. This is to make sure that the design will be symmetrical. Decide on the length, then tie the end of the strings to finish.
Your beaded curtain tassels can be packaged and sold in home furnishing stores. Or you may start by first selling them to friend and family. If you are already a bead enthusiast, making curtain tassels is a good way to expand your product line. In fact, you can even make fully beaded tassels cords or use morano beads and other precious stones. And you can use any string. The more metallic the string is, the finer and the better your curtain tassels will be. And if you can do arte pieces, you can charge more for your product.
Interested smart entrepreneur can get more formal training and supplies to start own beading business. For more information, feel free to contact:
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Source: Entrepreneur 45 Home-Base Business Ideas Book